Saturday, August 15, 2015


Dear Boriss,

As readers and writers, our responsibility binds us together.

Earlier this year, 

Claudia Rankine was presented the PEN Open Book Award for Citizen, 

her powerful account of day-to-day racial aggressions in 21st-century America. 

Addressing the PEN community at the Awards Ceremony in June, she told us:
“Delmore Schwartz said ‘in dreams begin responsibilities.’

It’s my hope that in writing begins responsibility.

And also that in reading begins responsibility,

because it means you are willing to be part of the discussion.”

Like Ms. Rankine and her readers, 

PEN’s Advocate Members unite in the responsibility to defend and advance freedom of expression in so many ways:

  • They advocate—and their efforts have helped to secure the release of dozens of persecuted writers around the world.

  • They educate, tutoring public high school students in underserved communities to use writing to tackle difficult subjects.

  • They mentor, helping prisoners discover the power of creative self-expression.

  • They inform, using social media to expose injustice and abuse, and to demand change.

Today, I urge you to join this extraordinary group of dedicated PEN Members by becoming a PEN Advocate.

With your voice, commitment, and advocacy, we can ensure that free expression is a universal right.


Please, join PEN today.

With best wishes,

Andrew Solomon
President, PEN America